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The School of Natural Building are working with Studio 3 Arts to build an extension on their community centre.
Not only is the work carried out using low carbon materials including strawbales but a course next week with the School of Natural Building – 23rd to 27th August – will cover practical aspects of strawbale building: how to dress and customise bales, notching, loadbearing and infill techniques, compression of the wall, and much more. See here to enrol on the course
This project demonstrates the power of public sector partnering: in making change for the local community through Government; local statutory bodies and interdepartmental support and resources – in essence, everything we worked with UPSTRAW to deliver
Yesterday the bales were delivered – the work and fun now begins!
The full video of our ESBG webinar 2021 is now available here: click on a timestamp below, or, on one of the images to go to directly to a chapter
00:00 History of ESBG & introduction to SBUK’s webinar by Cypren Edmunds 07:29 StrawBale Building Basics with Phil Christopher 26:24 Cement Free Foundations with Barbara Jones 1:15:28 Q&A with Phil Christopher, Cypren Edmunds & Barbara Jones 1:36:35 Strawbuilding Project Examples with Chris Hawker 2:05:07 Technical Guide with Barbara Jones 2:34:03 Q&A with Cypren Edmunds, Chris Hawker & Barbara Jones 2:48:26 Airtightness with Paul Jennings 3:07:53 Whole LIfe Carbon: what it is and means for our materials choices with Joe Duirwyn 3:29:51 Straw & Mud: A Love Story with Jeffrey Hart 3:54:51 Q&A with Phil Christopher, Joe Duirwyn, Cypren Edmunds, Paul Jennings & Barbara Jones 4:14:56 What is SBUK & how do you join? with SBUK Directors: Phil Christopher & Cypren Edmunds
Associated weblinks from the webinar are at the bottom of this page
ESBG/SBUK Webinar Links
Now online for you to view at your leisure is the ‘Straw’ Masterclass we took part in last month.
Thank you ACAN 🙌 💚 for the platform to speak about this beautiful, natural material & to all speakers who participated. Click on the image below for the video
A panel of expert speakers met last night to present the benefits of constructing with straw, the data behind the resources and the heritage of this natural building material in Architects Climate Action Network‘s (ACAN) Masterclass for Straw
A captive audience, comprising of practioners from the built environment to keenly interested people were treated to a two hour session of education and fun!
The effectiveness of this material has been hotly debated over the years, misunderstood and misrepresented. Backed up with science, the audience listened to the statistics to support its robustness and debated its relevancy.
Engaging conversation about community bonding to delivery of healthy alternatives for the domestic and public sector, heightend the audience’s awareness to building with strawbales and straw panels.
The event also acted as a launch for tonight’s start of European Strawbale Gathering 2021 (ESBG 2021).
SBUK members Barbara Jones, Phil Christopher, Joe Duirwyn and Cypren Edmunds are presenting at this festival with other European organisations of the European StrawBale Association (ESBA).
If you missed the start of ESBG 2021, there were some spectacular tours of properties in Poland, Germany, Switzerland and Estonia
Don’t miss out tomorrow or Sunday – Click on the picture above for tickets now!
‘Cement Free Foundations’
Saturday 31st July 1035 – 1135 BST online (Zoom)
‘Straw and Building Regulations’
Saturday 31st July 1225 – 1245 BST online (Zoom)
Barbara Jones is a strawbale building guru having set up construction companies Straw Works, and Amazon Nails. She is the author of Building with Straw Bales – the most comprehensive guide to strawbale building, a founding member of SBUK and is a Director of The School of Natural Building.
She is now an independent consultant and board member of Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub.
Saturday 31st July 1400 – 1420 BST online (Zoom)
Paul Jennings of Aldas, is the most experienced airtightness tester and consultant in the UK, and, with over 30 years’ experience originated the “Airtightness Champion” concept.
He developed the 12 Steps to Airtightness approach to enable UK contractors to reliably deliver airtightness in Passivhaus and other low-energy projects.
Saturday 31st July 1000-1540 BST online (Zoom)
ESBG events start on Friday and finish on Sunday.
The full schedule of ESBG events is viewable here: https://strawbuilding.eu
Sign up for tickets using this link and on Friday and Saturday morning you will be sent information on how to join the sessions using Zoom and YouTube.
On Saturday 31st July SBUK are hosting a webinar during the day, plus a presentation in the Saturday evening ESBG session. Details are below.
N.B. If you have any questions or issues about the SBUK Webinar, please email email@example.com
SBUK Webinar, Saturday 31st July 2021
|1000hrs||Start and Introductions||Cypren Edmunds, SBUK||www.strawbalebuildinguk.com|
|1015hrs||Session 1 – i) Straw Building Basics||Phil Christopher, Huff and Puff Construction||www.huffpuff.me|
|1035hrs||Session 1 – ii) Cement Free Foundations||Barbara Jones, School of Natural Building||http://schoolofnaturalbuilding.co.uk|
|1115hrs||Session 1 Q&A||As above|
|1155hrs||Session 2 – i) Straw Building Project Examples||Chris Hawker, Hawkland Ecological Construction||https://www.hawkland.co.uk|
|1225hrs||Session 2 – ii) Straw and Building Regulations||Barbara Jones, School of Natural Building||http://schoolofnaturalbuilding.co.uk|
|1245hrs||Session 2 Q&A||As above|
|1400hrs||Session 3 – i) Airtightness||Paul Jennings, Aldas|
|1420hrs||Session 3 – ii) Whole Life Carbon – What it is and what it means for our materials choices||Joe Duirwyn, Hartwyn||https://hartwyn.co.uk|
|1440hrs||Session 3 – iii) Straw and Mud – A Love Story.||Jeffrey Hart, Jeffrey the Natural Builder and the Building Sustainability Podcast||buildingsustainabilitypodcast.com|
|1500hrs||Session 3 Q&A||As above|
|1520hrs||SBUK Website; SBUK Membership; Introduction to the evening session; Thank you!||SBUK Team||www.strawbalebuildinguk.com|
|1540hrs||Finish of SBUK ESBG Daytime Webinar|
ESBG Evening Session, Saturday 31st July 2021
|1700hrs (1800hrs CEST)||European session start. YouTube videos and Zoom Q&As, See links at https://strawbuilding.eu||https://strawbuilding.eu|
|1900hrs (2000hrs CEST)||SBUK Presentation – The Bale House, Hastings, UK – 20 mins presentation, 10 mins Q&A||Phil Christopher, Huff and Puff Construction||www.huffpuff.me|
|2100hrs (2200hrs CEST)||European session finish|